“I send my child for extra tuition because I feel I can't help in properly with academics,” said Mrs Khan—a situation faced by many parents nowadays. In today's world of competitive education, the pressure to not only adapt to a different method of teaching (if your child is switching from the Matric to the Cambridge system and vice versa) but also to excel and get the best possible grades in order to go to the best possible university and therefore attain the best possible future, has forced many to seek additional tutoring outside of school.

The practice is so common that quite a few school teachers often instruct their students to take their after-school tutoring class (for which they would have to pay an additional amount) along with their course. Most tutors prefer to enrol their students in the beginning of the school term, and where the good, reputed ones are concerned, the spaces for the number of students they can accommodate fill up fast. In this case, you are expected to enroll for after-school tutoring even before you get an opportunity to figure out whether you will even need it or not. Especially where O' and A' Levels are considered, this is a norm. Each year, not only does it become more expensive, but if you add that cost to the rising school fee you have a pretty expensive school education on your hands.

There are extreme cases of after-school tutoring that parents subject their offspring to in order to be certain that they excel in whatever exam they take. There was recently a case of a nine-year-old being subjected to 11 months of intensive, additional study (other than school work) just so that kid could qualify in the Karachi Grammar School admissions test.

There is only so much information a mind can process at a certain time. Additional tutoring negates the whole point of sending your offspring to school to gain an education. It also takes away time from the child which he/she could have spent pursuing more healthy activities, such as various sports to boost his/her physical growth or in creative ventures such as painting, singing or dancing etc. Overloading the mind, putting unnecessary mental pressure on a young child inhibits his/her own creativity and is a deterrent in helping them develop adequate social skills that would later be necessary for that child to survive in his/her adult life.

There are those who argue that after-school tutoring exists because students are not accustomed to self-study and to study in libraries. Others question the point of having a teacher in school if a student is to take additional tutoring anyway.

On the one hand, students complain that school teachers don't teach with the same dedication in class because they expect to make more money by getting as many students for tuitions later. Teachers complain that students don't pay as much attention in school because they're already enrolled in tutoring classes and therefore know that what they miss in class will be covered afterwards. This leads to the question what's the point of going to school then, for both teachers and students? Is it just so a student can keep up with a pretension of having a regular life, with a schedule, extracurricular activities certificate and school transcript (as opposed to one as a private student) to match?

“In our part of the world, during the early stages of a child's life, women are generally involved in external issues concerning their relationship with their in-laws, their position in life etc., to a point where they are unable to give time to their child during his/her primary education,” said Ms N., “this results in the child developing a very weak base in educational development which then affects their approach towards studies for the rest of their lives. Enrolling them for tuitions basically transfers the burden of the child's education from the parent to the tutor.”